Support for Microsoft Security Essentials

Help and support for Microsoft Security Essentials. Links to how-to articles, downloads, and answers to top issues.

Support options and resources

Self support options

Search the Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB)
Search the Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) for technical solutions to common break-fix issues.

Get the latest Microsoft Security Essentials
Visit the Microsoft Download Center to find the latest Microsoft Security Essentials.

Microsoft Safety & Security Center
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Community resources

Microsoft Community
Post a question or browse for solutions in the Microsoft Security Essentials Community forums.

Microsoft Malware Protection Center blog
Provides a real-time method for the Microsoft Malware Response Center to communicate with customers. Topics include day-to-day, “behind the scenes” information about new, emerging and interesting malware threats as well as other research topics in the computer security field.

Technical support options

Get Microsoft technical support
Assisted technical support is not available for Microsoft Security Essentials. Please visit the Microsoft Security Essentials Answers community to post a question or browse for solutions in the Microsoft Security Essentials Community forums.

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Get non-technical or customer service assistance
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Top issues

Resolve issues with these top solutions

View the top support topics, general and how to topics and more
Visit the Security Essentials web site to get answers to the top support topics for Microsoft Security Essentials.

To ensure you are protected, download the latest definitions for Microsoft Security Essentials
If you encounter problems while trying to install definition updates, follow these steps to manually download and then install the latest definition updates.

Manually uninstall Microsoft Security Essentials if you cannot unistall it by using the Add or Remove Programs item
Attempting to upgrade and unable to remove the previous version of Microsoft Security Essentials? Learn how to manually uninstall Microsoft Security Essentials or have us Fix it for you!

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Last Review : January 15, 2015